Suspended jail guard arraigned

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An Allegheny County Jail guard who was suspended without pay was arraigned Tuesday morning for allegedly trying to run over a former friend in Washington’s West End last week.


Erica Marie Williams, 24, of 848 Kennedy St., Carnegie, was arraigned before District Judge Robert Redlinger on charges of attempted voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and criminal mischief.


Williams is accused of deliberately hitting 18-year-old Jolene Anderson of Canton Township with her vehicle in the 900 block of Addison Street Thursday night.


City police, in court documents filed with Redlinger, indicated Williams tried to kill Anderson after Anderson ended a relationship with her. Anderson, according to police, refused to see or talk to Williams. A witness told police Williams had spent Thursday looking for Anderson.


Anderson told police she and Cedric Sutton of Washington had just pulled up as Williams dropped two acquaintances off at 925 Addison.


Williams yelled at Anderson, who was in the street. Anderson was trying to yell a reply when Williams, who was in her car about five feet away, accelerated quickly. Anderson was hit by the front of Williams’ Kia sedan, thrown over the hood and onto the street. Williams reportedly made no attempt to swerve or miss Anderson.


Williams drove off and then returned. She allegedly got out of her car and smashed the front windshield and passenger window of Sutton’s sport utility vehicle.


Anderson was sitting inside the home at 925 Addison when police arrived. She was taken to Washington Hospital for treatment of injuries to the right side of her face.


Earlier that day, Williams allegedly sent Anderson threatening text messages including one that said “R.I.P.”


Williams was released on $100,000 unsecured bond and told by Redlinger that she was not permitted in Washington County. A preliminary hearing is set for April 16 before District Judge Ethan Ward.


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